Grounding the Process of Ontology Concept Formulation in a Multi-perspective Social Context: Developing Ontology to Support Enhanced Collaboration in Community Tourism Event Management

By Emily Keen, Simon Milton and Chris Keen.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Ontology development methodologies have hitherto failed to support rigorous concept formulation in social settings. This paper presents a method for concept formulation that is based on systematically analysing text describing social processes. The paper also illustrates the process using a textual fragment from a case study. We have found that by using grounded theory, general ontological theory, and a lexicon, we can find terms, definitions of terms, relations between terms, and hierarchies of terms in the text, which commonly exist in the social process of event management. We have also found that perspectives enable semantic ontology modularisation as an important tool in ontology concept formulation through partly clarifying terms emerging from the text, where misinterpretation may exist and where a more general, common ontology would detract from conceptual understanding of the domain.

Keywords: Ontology Development Methodology, Concept Formulation, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Analysis, Event Management Process, Perspectives

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.55-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 276.619KB).

Emily Keen

PhD Candidate, Unit Coordinator – University of Tasmania, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Assoc. Prof. Simon Milton

Senior Lecturer, PhD Supervisor, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Chris Keen

Associate Supervisor, Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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